Lecturer in economics

MA Economics, Bsoc


Laston P. Manja is a Lecturer of Economics at the University of Malawi (Chancellor College), with specialization in Econometrics, Macroeconomics, International Economics and Monetary Economics. His research experience spans through both Macroeconomics (including issues of International Trade and Development) and Microeconomic issues of agriculture, gender and household behaviour. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Economics) in 2015, he obtained a Master of Arts (Economics) degree in 2018, all from the University of Malawi. Laston is currently a pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, under Professor Dean Yang.



Selected Publications


Al-Hanawi, MK., Chirwa, GC., Kamninga, TM. & Manja, LP. (2020). Effects of Financial Inclusion on Access to Emergency Funds for Healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare 13, 1157


Manja, LP., Chirwa, GC., Kambewa, P. (2015). Determinants of Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Subsidized Farm Inputs in Malawi. International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity Studies, 7(1), 16-35


You can find more of his work on his Google Scholar page   and ORCiD





University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) - 2022


Selected Research Grants


Co-Grantee: AERC AFPON project (2019). Study on “A Comparative Assessment of the Impacts of Malawi Farm Input Subsidy and Irrigation Policies on Child Nutrition Status


Co-Grantee: IFPRI’s “Enhancing the impact of agricultural extension in Malawi” project (2019). Conducting a study on “Agricultural Extension and Technical Efficiency for Malawian Smallholder Farmers”

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